Folios cclxxxi - cclxxxv: July 1422 -

Pages 268-273

Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: I, 1400-1422. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1909.

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Folio cclxxxi.

20 July, 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], came Alice, widow of William Lynne, (fn. 1) Robert Colbroke, "irmonger," and John Bloxham, grocer, executors of the said William; William Sevenok, grocer, surveyor of the testament of the said William, and John Sergeaunt, "armurer," and acknowledged themselves bound to John Bederendene, the Chamberlain, in the sum of £1,750, the same to be paid at Michaelmas, 1424.

The said recognisance to be void if the executors and others aforesaid bring into Court before the day mentioned a true inventory of the property of the deceased and also the above sum for the use of Robert, Margaret, Alice, and Beatrix, children of the said William Lynne.

On the 18th Jan., 2 Henry VI. [A.D. 1423-4], the sum of £700 was delivered to the Chamberlain by William Sevenok, Alderman, in part payment of the patrimony bequeathed to his children by William Lynne, late woolman (lanar').

A general acquittance under the Common Seal by the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty to Johanna, widow and executrix of John Hille, fishmonger, late Chamberlain of the City, and to Richard Quatermayns and Richard Esgastone, fishmongers, her co-executors, touching the said Chamberlain's accounts Dated 20 Aug., 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422].

Afterwards the said John and William [children of John Parys, supra, p. 268] died under age, and their money remained to the aforesaid Agnes and Alice. Whereupon, on the 16th Aug., 8 Henry VI. [A.D. 1430], came Lucas Goodburgh, husband of the said Agnes, and John Gate, husband of the said Alice, and received from John Bederenden, the Chamberlain, the money due to their respective wives.

Folio cclxxxi b.

Indenture of lease by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, Aldermen and Commonalty to Sir Henry Balle, Rector of the Church of St Nicholas Shambles, Robert Brounesbury, William Hunt, John Asshwell, and John Ropele, churchwardens of the same, and the rest of the parishioners, of a plot of land near the churchyard wall and a tenement formerly belonging to John Boterwyk; to hold the same for a term of 90 years at an annual rent of 26s. 8d., under certain prescribed conditions. Dated 3 Sept., 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422 ?]. (fn. 2)

Wednesday, 13 Oct., 9 Henry V. [A.D. 1421], petition by William [Clerk], the Prior and Convent of the Church of Holy Trinity within Aldgate, to William Cauntbrigge, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Commonalty, to be allowed to pull down and reconstruct a certain wall in the parish of st. Katherine, on a portion of the common soil of the City, on the understanding that each party foregoes the payment of certain rents due to the other party. The petition granted.

Folio cclxxxii.

John Toterich, baker, arrested for pretending to be a baker and purveyor of the Prince's household, and for seizing carts (fn. 3) belonging to William Nicholl, Thomas Shepherd, and John Edryche, of Tottenham, and other carters [not named], which he refused to give up except on payment of various sums of money. The seizure took place on the Eve of st. Mary Magdalen [22 July], 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], in the parish of st. Botolph without Aldrychesgate.

Folio cclxxxii b.

Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for the preservation of peace in the City, the King Henry V. having died and been succeeded by his son. (fn. 4) Witness the King at Westminster, 1 Oct., 1 Henry VI. [A.D. 1422].

Writ by King Henry VI, heir to the realm of France, (fn. 5) to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend a Parliament to be held at Westminster on Monday before the Feast of st. Martin [11 Nov.]. No Sheriff to be returned Witness the King at Wyndesore, 29 Sept., 1 Henry VI. [A.D. 1422]. (fn. 6)

Folio cclxxxiii.

Letter from Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and John Bederenden, the Chamberlain, to John [Kempe], Bishop of London, presenting John Crosse, chaplain, for admission to one of the five chantries founded in the Guildhall Chapel by Adam Fraunceys and Henry Frowyk, vacant by the death of Sir John Kyrkeby. Dated 9 Oct., 1422.

14 Oct., 1 Henry VI. [A.D. 1422], Edmund de Denne, "wodemonger," discharged by Robert Chichele, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.

Writ of certiorari to Robert Chichele, the Mayor, touching the cause of detention of John Teukesbury by the Sheriffs, as he was required to prosecute an appeal against John Oyle de Lexlepe, of co. Kildare, Ireland, for robbery, &c. Witness W[illiam] Hankford at Westminster, 20 Oct., 1 Henry VI [A.D. 1422]. (fn. 6)

Folio cclxxxiii b.

A court of the Lord the King, held in the Chamber of the Guildhall on Saturday the 26th Sept., 1 Henry VI. [A.D. 1422], there being present Robert Chichele, the Mayor, John Fray, the Recorder, William Crowmere, Thomas Fauconer, Nicholas Wottone, Henry Bartone, William Sevenoke, Robert Whityngham, John Perneys, John Blakden, John Gedney, Ralph Bartone, John Coventre, Aldermen, William Westone and Richard Gosselyn, Sheriffs, &c.

On which day came the Masters and all the freemen of the Mistery of Weavers of woollen cloth called "Wollenwevers" on summons issued at the instance of the Masters and good men of the Mistery of "Lynenwevers," and being asked why they did not permit the Masters of the "Lynenwevers" to survey those of the Mistery of Wollenwevers who wove linen cloth, they said that by charters of the King's progenitors and for a certain ferm rated on each loom of their mistery they were alone permitted to survey the work of weavers, and that the "Lynenwevers" and their looms were under the guild and rule of the weavers of woollen cloth and not e converso, because the work of either mistery was one and the same. Being asked if the men of the Mistery of Lynenwevers contributed to the ferm, they said No. Thereupon, the charters and proceedings at divers Iters (fn. 8) having been examined, it was adjudged that thenceforth the said misteries should be held to be distinct, and that the Masters and good men of each Mistery should survey work of their own Mistery done by men of the other Mistery.

Folio cclxxxiv.

13 Oct., 1 Henry VI. [A.D. 1422], came William, son of Richard Wodecok, late salter, being of full age, and received from John Bederenden, the Chamberlain, the sum of £161, his portion of patrimony formerly committed to the custody of John Hille, a late Chamberlain, as appears supra, fo. clxiv.

Memorandum touching the lease of a tenement in the parish of Little st. Bartholomew, in the Ward of Bradstrete, devised by Thomas White, late tiler, to Margery his wife, subject to a payment of 10 marks to Johanna his daughter, when she should have arrived at the age of discretion or marry. The said Margery having married Hugh Hanchirche, fishmonger, the said tenement was let to William Multon, skinner, on the 7th May, anno 10 Henry V. [A.D. 1422], for a term of four years, so as to produce the said sum of 10 marks.

Afterwards, viz:, on the 24th Aug., 8 Henry VI. [A.D. 1430], came John Woderove, cordwainer, who had married the above Johanna, and received the above money.

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Folio cclxxxv.

Monday the Feast of st. Matthew [21 Sept.], 1 Henry VI. [A.D. 1422], in the presence of Robert Chichele, the Mayor, John Fray, the Recorder, Richard Whityngtone, William Crowmere, Thomas Fauconer, Nicholas Wottone, William Sevenok, William Cauntbrigge, John Reinwelle, John Perneys, Robert Tatersall, Ralph Bartone, Robert Widyngtone, John Coventre, John Wellys, John Blakden, John Botiller, Robert Whityngham, Nicholas James, Aldermen, and William (fn. 9) [sic] Westone and Richard Gosselyn, the Sheriffs, and very many Commoners summoned to the Guildhall for the election of Sheriffs, William Estfeld, mercer, was elected one of the Sheriffs for the year ensuing by the Mayor, and Robert Tatersall, draper, was elected the other Sheriff by the Commonalty.

The same day John Bederenden, draper, was elected Chamberlain; Robert Colbrook, "irmonger," and John Trymnell, mercer, were elected Wardens of London Bridge; and John Botiller and John Welles, Aldermen, and Thomas Dufhous, Henry Frowyk, John Brokle, and John Melbourne, Commoners, were elected Auditors of the account of the said Chamberlain and Wardens.

Afterwards, on the eve of st. Michael next following, the said Sheriffs were sworn at the Guildhall, and on the morrow of the said Feast were presented, admitted, and accepted before the Barons of the Exchequer.

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  • 1. His will, dated 6 Aug., 1421, was proved and enrolled in the Husting in Nov., 1423. 'Cal. of Wills,' ii. 433. He is there described as a grocer, whereas he is recorded infra as a woolman or woolmonger. The discrepancy is only apparent, for the term "Grocer" originally denoted one who dealt in all kinds of heavy wares (averia ponderis). Moreover, John Chircheman, a well known member of the Grocers' Company in the reign of Richard II., had the custody of the King's Wool Tron, and built a house on Wool wharf in Tower Ward for the pur pose of tronage or weighing of wool Stow's 'Survey' (ed. Kingsford), i. 108.
  • 2. It is to be noted that the reign of Henry was officially considered to have ended on the 31st Aug in the tenth year (Rymer, 'Fœdera,' x. 253).
  • 3. The impressment of carts and horses was forbidden by Article 30 of the Great Charter of 1215. Stubbs, 'Select Charters,' p. 300.
  • 4. Henry V had died at the Bois de Vincennes, near Paris, on the night of the 31st Aug, or early in the morning of the 1st Sept., 1422, being succeeded by his son Henry of Windsor, an infant not yet a year old, having been born the 6th Dec., 1421. (Kingsford's 'Henry V.,' p. 383).
  • 5. By virtue of the Peace of Troyes (May, 1420), whereby his father had been acknowledged as regent and heir of France.
  • 6. Return not recorded in the Letter Book. Those elected were Thomas Fauconer, and John Michell, Alder men, Henry Frowyk and Thomas Boteler, Commoners Parliament was opened on the 6th Nov. by the King's uncle, the Duke of Gloucester.
  • 7. A marginal note states that the re turn to the writ is entered in the Rolls of Memoranda during the Mayoralty of William Waldern, anno 1 Henry VI. It does not appear, however, in the Roll for that date.
  • 8. Certain privileges claimed by the Weavers of London were called in question at the Iter of 1321. 'Liber Cust.,' i. 416-25.
  • 9. A clerical error for John.